Museum History

Houston's Aviation History Timeline


The year is 1980. The recently deregulated airline industry is thriving at Hobby Airport. Led by Southwest Airlines, low cost carriers, and carriers aspiring to be low cost offer never before imagined discount fares to the masses. General aviation enjoys its best days yet.

Fueled by a red-hot oil based economy, Houston does its part to support a general aviation industry that turns out over 10,000 personal and light business aircraft a year.


Ozark Airlines begins service to Hobby Airport. Frontier Airlines begins service to Hobby Airport.


Ellington Air Force Base is turned over to the City of Houston.


Continental Airlines pledges to restore the 1940 Air Terminal for the City of Houston.


The City of Houston undertakes a preservation program to arrest the deterioration of the 1940 Air Terminal to preserve it for future restoration.